Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Here's the first of the real shockers...
Microsoft has decided that Windows 8 should ship with it's very own, tied-in, tied-down, bundled, ne'r-to-be-separated anti virus.
Who'd-a thunk it?
While many of us do simultaneous facepalms and giggle at a decade-late decision, others question the legality of doing so. A multi-billion dollar industry has grown, based on the absolute porous operating system that is Microsoft Windows.
I'm sure Windows fans will protest, saying such things as:
"Well, I've run Windows for years and NEVER had a virus".
Of course, when he says that, he should also hold up a sign to identify himself as belonging to the 1%.
Personally, I cannot suss where this will land legally. It's hard to argue with the fact that MS is finally going to at least try to address the issue of virus/trojan/malware security. But then again, we all know most anti virus "protection" is a reaction to something that's already happened on the system....
Most recently, my friend Adam who uses Windows from home for work purposes and casual use contracted the AV Security 2012 malady. He had MS Security Essentials installed along with Malware Bytes free version. Neither did anything to stop the bugger from infecting him, it simply and without gracious attempt, informed him he was infected. Then they unceremoniously told him that removal failed.
He now sports a spiffy, spotless install of Linux Mint 11 on his desktop and is loving it.
Still, I don't think the likes of Kaspersky and AVG are going to take this news quietly.
In other news....Business Insider/SAI leads with the headline:
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 8:33 PM